Terry Wood was a rising star in Eye's syndie biz

Terry Wood, the exec who has shepherded Dr. Phil McGraw, Rachael Ray and “The Insider” to syndie success, is exiting her post as prexy of creative affairs and development for CBS Television Distribution.

Word of Wood’s plan to step down at year’s end surfaced Monday. CBS execs made it clear that the move was Wood’s decision. She had been seen as a rising star among Eye programming execs.

“Terry has made substantial and lasting contributions to CBS Television Distribution and helped define the current face of daytime television in the process,” a CBS TV Distribution spokesman said. “We respect her desire to pursue the next chapter in her career and are quite confident her talents will bring success to whatever that opportunity may be.”

Wood was not immediately available for comment Monday. There was no word from CBS on a successor for Wood in its syndie wing.

Wood joined what was then Paramount Domestic TV in 1998 as veep of programming, overseeing its mega franchise newsmag “Entertainment Tonight” and “Hard Copy.”

By the time Paramount Domestic TV and King World Prods. were merged into the CBS Television Distribution banner in 2006 (following the breakup of Viacom and CBS), Wood had overseen creative and development as prexy for more than a year.

Wood came to Par from Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Entertainment, where she was exec director of development. Her Harpo relationships served her well as King World and CBS began developing syndie strips fronted by McGraw and Ray, talent groomed on Winfrey’s CBS-distribbed yakker. Wood’s most recent syndie launch was this fall’s gaveler “Swift Justice With Nancy Grace.”

Before Harpo, Wood spent eight years as a producer with CBS News, working on “60 Minutes,” “The CBS Evening News With Dan Rather” and “Eye to Eye With Connie Chung,” among other programs.

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